While the LightSquared broadband wireless network’s potential to disrupt GPS signals has been widely publicized, a lesser known problem is the potential of the system’s high-power transmitters to interfere with satcom.
Phoenix-based Accord Technologies is at Heli-Expo (Booth No. 7839) to acquaint OEMs, avionics developers and modification centers with its NexNav modular GPS receivers.
The company’s small, low-power receivers are available as circuit card assemblies (CCA) for avionics OEM hosting or as LRUs for aircraft installations. They will support ADS-B, all normal GPS procedures and precision approach requirements.
Accord’s NexNav technology is compatible with Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) including WAAS, European EGNOS, Japan’s MTSAT and GAGAN in India.
Pilots who have problems obtaining Jeppesen charts or believe Jeppesen holds a monopoly on the distribution of IFR approach and en route charts might be interested to know that there are alternatives. Jeppesen isn’t the only game in town, although the company has made an art of crafting its own approach charts and not simply repurposing government charts.
Arinc Direct is trying to help aircraft operators meet the new requirement to implement safety management systems (SMS) by introducing a new process for conducting the necessary risk factors assessment before each flight.
Arinc has added new map technology and automated risk factor assessment for meeting safety management system (SMS) requirements to Arinc Direct, its flight-planning service. Using new map technology from SkyVector, Arinc Direct is offering its subscribers the ability to view in selectable detail a planned route and the aeronautical map data behind it.
ViaSat, a satellite communication network and equipment provider based in Carlsbad, Calif., announced Tuesday its acquisition of the SkyLink airborne broadband service from Arinc and the transfer of previous SkyLink business jet subscribers to ViaSat’s Yonder high-speed Internet access network.
The requirement for aircraft flying above FL285 in Europe to have the latest VDLM2 datalink capability begins on Jan. 1, 2011, and initially will apply to all new aircraft delivered after that date. From Feb. 5, 2015, the mandate will be extended to all aircraft wanting to fly above this altitude.
EMS Aviation, a division of EMS Technologies of Ottawa, Canada, announced that its new eNfusion AMT-700 high-gain Antenna (HGA) is flying on a Bombardier Global Express and being installed on a Boeing Business Jet. This antenna supports multi-channel Inmarsat SwiftBroadband, classic Aero H/H+ and Swift64 services and is ready for sale and installation.
Esterline CMC Electronics (Hall 4 Stand C17a) announced that Air France has selected its multi-channel SwiftBroadband-compliant, satellite communications high- gain antenna to equip its future Boeing 777-300 fleet. The new-generation CMA-2102SB antenna supports Inmarsat Safety Services, Aero-H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband satellite communications.
Arinc has become a distribution partner (DP) for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite communication services, allowing it to buy and resell airtime directly. According to the company, its new position as a SwiftBroadband wholesaler, which took effect April 1, will better enable it to offer tailored communications solutions to aircraft operators.